5G LTE Planned Growth
A Look Into the 5G LTE Network Density Throughout the US
Now that the fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) is upon us; offering greater speed, more responsiveness and the ability to connect more devices…what’s next?
5G networks are different than their predecessors because they use small cells (about the size of a suitcase) as opposed to the large cell towers we’re used to today. These small cells can be installed on streetlights, poles, sides of buildings, etc. While small cells are lower-powered cells, there’s more of them – every few blocks as opposed to every few miles.
An analysis by the research firm Gartner estimates that by 2020, approximately 13.5 billion consumer devices will be hooked up to Wi-Fi. Adding in business devices brings that estimate up to 20.8 billion. Compare that to the estimated 6.4 billion devices contacted to Wi-Fi today, and it’s evident that this means there’s going to be a lot of devices added to our Wi-Fi networks in a very short time span. Not just devices like your laptops, tablets, and smartphones, but everything that seems to be coming with The Internet of Things (IoT) like health sensors, industrial robots, security cameras, smartwatches, and other wearables, door locks, smart cities and so much more.
There’s a lot of work to do between now and then, however. Most experts agree that a large-scale rollout in most developed countries won’t happen until 2020. So how will we get all these new devices added by then? The answer is planned growth and increased density. Part of that is making sure that the new networks are also compatible with existing networks. Thus, the term 5G LTE.
AT&T has already installed 5G networks in Waco, Texas, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Bend, Indiana. They plan to have a total of 12 US installations by years end and a whole lot more in 2019. T-Mobile hopes to be offering 5G in 30 US cities by the end of this year as well. Verizon is planning on 5G in 5 US cities by years end, and Sprint plans to have several by then as well.
Planned growth is essential, as building these networks in their entirety will take some time. That’s why it will be imperative that 5G devices are compatible with existing LTE networks during this growth and construction period because 5G coverage will be spotty or nonexistent in some areas for quite some time. The right infrastructure will be required to ensure 5G LTE coverage is expansive, efficient, consistent and is compatible with existing LTE networks.
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